Bomi County Superintendent Samuel Brown
Call To Halt Sande Society Activities
By David Seedee, Bomi County Correspondent
TUBMANBURG, Feb 28 (LINA) - Representatives of Government agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations in Bomi County are calling on the county administration to prevail on the heads of the Sande Society outfits in the county to end their activities.
The representatives expressed concern about the mushrooming of Sande Society sessions in the county, noting that the activities of these “bush schools” are impeding the operations of the their respective agencies.
Speaking during the County Development Steering Committee (CDSC) Meeting on Thursday in Tubmanburg, the representatives said the forced and involuntary recruitment of female students from schools will affect their lives and future.
They said if nothing is done to curtail the situation in the county, it will create serious academic problems for female children in the future.
Commenting on the issue, the Acting Program Manager of Plan Liberia, Alphan Kabba, said his organization is finding it difficult to photograph female children who have been connected to international organizations for sponsorship and support.
He attributed this to their present engagement in Sande Society activities in the county.
Also speaking at the CDSC Meeting, the Project Officer of the Defense for Children Initiative (DCI) Liberia, Adama Konneh said DCI-Liberia has paid 50 female students’ school fees in various schools in Tubmanburg, but regretted that these students are not in school because they are in Sande Society schools in Tubmanburg and surrounding areas.
The Ministries, Agencies and NGO representatives said they were told previously by the heads of the Sande Societies that the exercises will end on February 15, yet, their activities are increasing daily.
Responding to the concerns of the representatives, the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Bomi County, Taweh Johnson, who chaired the CDSC Meeting, said the issue has also claimed the attention of the County administration.
Mr. Johnson told the representatives of NGOs that their concerns will be discussed and addressed at the county level.